Saxon Classic

Over 240 cyclists took to their saddles on June 22 on a route to showcase the stunning scenery of Suffolk. It was a wonderful day accompanied by fantastic weather, cakes and supporters. It was a win for Men United v Prostate Cancer as the event raised over £27,000!

To register your interest for the 2015 Saxon Classic please email us now on cycling@prostatecanceruk.org.

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One rider, Mark Pritchard shares his story here:

“It’s 8am at Christchurch Park, Ipswich and a solitary Anglo Saxon soldier stands guard at the start line. A short final briefing from a marshal and the inaugural Prostate Cancer UK Saxon Classic Sportive is underway. I’m soon in the countryside and heading for the coast. There’s a real sense of history as I pass places like Sutton Hoo, Orford and Dunwich. I then head inland before turning south for the ride back to Ipswich. The sun’s out and the leafy lanes provide some welcome shade. Along the route there are small groups of people cheering the riders on. All too soon I’m back in Christchurch Park where a great crowd of lively spectators is there to welcome us.

How can I sum up the Saxon Classic? Great route, great scenery, great organisation and a great cause. I was riding for two friends who have prostate cancer and I could feel them smiling down and sustaining me.  Oh; one question – when do entries open for 2015? I will definitely be back…..”

About the event
Starting and finishing in Christchurch Park, Ipswich, riders can choose from 55km, 100km, or 160km. Take in some of the wonders of Suffolk such the beautiful town of Woodbridge, the hauntingly beautiful esate of Sutton Hoo - home to the iconic Saxon mask. See estuaries leading to hidden fishing ports and wild coastlines. The route will also take in Orford, on the River Ore, with riders experiencing the stunning nature reserves of Minsmere and Suffolk's lost seaside town - Dunwich.